You Got My Child That?

The holidays are filled with so many wonderful things: family, friends, parties, religious endeavors, and, of course,  gifts. All of these things can bring us joy (along with the requisite stress), but it is the gifts that often create the greatest source of concern, especially if you have to worry about what people around you […]

Teaching Teens To Break-Up

We can all agree that breaking up stinks.  It’s hard at any age.  But despite learning over the course of our lives how to build good relationships, how to be aware of the dangers of drugs and alcohol, why drinking and driving is a bad idea, and how to use social media appropriately, most teens […]

“Stayover relationships:” A new trend?

A new study came out recently that highlighted a possibly new trend in the relationships of 18-29 year olds.  It seems that they are choosing to be in committed relationships, spending multiple nights of the week together, while keeping their own apartments.  Many report that this allows them to have their own space, while being […]

You Can’t Hide…Your Lying Eyes

It seems as though in the face of the recent spate of lying scandals: Weiner, Schwarzenegger, Anthony: that there is a deeper problem to consider.  We are bombarded so often with stories that involve serious lies and cheating, that it may no longer register as being a problem.  As a society, we are becoming numb […]

Is Generation X Avoiding Divorce?

Surprisingly, in today’s society, divorce is on the downswing.   Many of the news reports say that the divorce rate is about 50%.  That number is actually incorrect.  In fact, it relates to the rates of divorce in the 70s and 80s.  Current numbers indicate that the divorce rate has actually decreased.  It does lead […]

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda…

A recent survey examined regret and in what areas Americans regret the most. The top five regrets are: ROMANCE 18.1% FAMILY 15.9% EDUCATION 13.1% CAREER 12.2% FINANCE 9.9% I am not surprised by the variety of regret, but I am concerned about the amount of regret people are experiencing. Many people spend time thinking about […]

The Three-Year Glitch

Warner Brothers just conducted a study that focused on relationships and what may cause them to start to break apart, and when. They surveyed 2000 British couples, at various stages of their relationships, and found that almost across the board, at around 36 months, there was a noteworthy shift. This shift either caused people to […]

Teen Sex: On the Decline?

A recent government survey conducted by the CDC reports that teens are having less sex than they have had in the past. In fact, the numbers being reported are that teens are having sex up to 6% less than in previous years, shifting from 78% of teens reporting engaging in sexual activity to 72%. This […]

Birth Order and Romance

There are many factors are involved in shaping our character and personality, and all of these can impact decisions we make regarding relationships, both platonic and romantic.  Our gender, temperament, spacing between ourselves and our siblings, and other developmental and environmental factors play a significant role in how we become who we are as adults. […]

Sex vs. Skinny

FITNESS Magazine polled 2,400 women, ages 18 and over,  to get the lowdown on how they slim down in their March issue.  The results were somewhat surprising, as 51% of women polled would skip sex for a year if it meant they’d be skinny. In addition to that disturbing statistic, women in the “Diet Confessions […]

Relationship Expectations

A recent study by Match.com of almost 5000 singles turned a lot of what we think about what men and women want in relationships on hit head.  Generally, the typical stereotypes of what men and women want did not hold up in the research.  So often, it has been thought that women are the ones […]

Why Couples Fight

Let’s face it, couples fight.  They just do.  No one agrees on everything.  Fighting isn’t necessarily a bad thing, either.  There can be some positive benefits to it.  In this entry, I talk a bit about the reasons that people do fight, and some strategies for fighting fair. There is a difference between annoyances and […]

Love everlasting? It may be true!

A recent study was released in the Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience journalthat showed that even after 20-plus years of marriage, couples can be as in love with their significant others as they were when they first met and fell in love.  The researchers examined the brains of 17 people who claim to still be […]

Reassessing relationships

Our lives are filled with relationships, and every so often, it is important to reevaluate which relationships in your life are positive and bringing you what you want, and which may not be and need to be changed and/or ended. Relationships, often, help to define who we are and have a great deal of influence […]

Stormy Weather

Heidi Jones, a NYC-based meteorologist, admitted to fabricating a story regarding an alleged rape at the hands of a Latino man in Central Park this week, and is now facing misdemeanor charges and possibly a year in jail for creating a false report.  I was on The Early Show with Jack Ford talking with Harry […]

Are Best Friends Bad for You?

New reports are suggesting that the old notion of a “best friend” may not really be a good idea.  Recently, schools, camps, and other places where kids are have begun encouraging groups of friends rather than a best friend.  In fact, one camp employs a friendship coach that works to diminish smaller groups of close […]

Preventing sibling rivalry

Preparing for the arrival of your second child is very exciting.  It’s important not only to prepare yourself and your home, but to also prepare your first born, who will soon not be the “only” but the “oldest.” As part of Maggie Rodriguez’s Early Show “Mom’s Club”, I shared some ideas as to how to […]